Do you have teeth that are broken down or weakened due to wear and tear or decay? If that’s the case, then dental crowns may be the solution you have been looking for to restore your bright, sparkling smile. As dental professionals, our number one goal is to create a healthy and strong smile for all of our patients that lasts for as long as possible.
Dental crowns are a popular option for patients who are hoping to restore both the appearance and function of a tooth. Compared to fillings which just cover a small portion of a tooth, a crown (or cap) encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. In effect, the crown acts as the tooth’s new outer surface. A dental crown is used when a tooth is broken or decayed to such an extent that fillings aren’t able to repair the problem.
The crown is able to provide a protective shell around the damaged or decayed tooth to strengthen it, as well as to improve the appearance of the tooth. They can also restore a tooth to its original shape and are used commonly for teeth that have been broken. While crowns come in different materials, the most common crowns typically have some mixture of porcelain in them to give them a look and feel similar to a natural tooth.
Crowns are meticulously crafted to match the color and shape of your natural teeth. When they are placed, they are basically indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth. There are several types of dental crowns available, and we can help you select which one may be most suitable for your goals and needs.
Do I Need Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns can be used to treat dental concerns such as:
- Misshapen teeth
- Broken teeth
- Damaged teeth
- Stress fractures or cracks
- Teeth that have weakened from mercury fillings
- Teeth that have become weakened or brittle from a root canal
- To cover a dental implant or attach a bridge
How Dental Crowns are Placed
The first visit to your dentist involves reshaping the tooth and taking impressions to create the crown. Typically a portion of your tooth will have to be removed for the crown to fit properly. After the dentist reshapes your tooth, they will use a special material to create an impression of it. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory to be made into a permanent crown. Before sending you home, the dentist will provide you with a temporary crown to cover your tooth between visits.
When you return, your dentist will have received the permanent crown from the laboratory. They will remove the temporary crown and fit the new permanent one. Before cementing the permanent crown in place, they will ensure that it fits comfortably and matches the color of your teeth.
Schedule an appointment with Parthenia Family Dental if you need a dental crown or have any other oral health concerns.